Open call for applications to

2018 WiST Fellowships.

The WiST Fellowship is open to all current female university

undergraduate and graduate students.

WiST supports university students eager to begin their careers in the sports tech industry. We define the sports tech industry broadly*, and encourage proposals that combine the themes of sports and technology creatively. Fellowships are an integral part of how we propel women into important roles and leadership positions in our industry.

*Sports tech landscape includes:

  • Talent identification, scouting, education and recruitment
  • Sports performance and assistive technologies (e.g., wearables, biometric data, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, apparel, footwear, injury management, adaptive/disabled sports)
  • Digital media and content (e.g., sports advertising/sponsorship, news, social media, scripted and reality programming)
  • Fan/community engagement and experience
  • Technologies for sport/league/team businesses (e.g., digital sales, marketing, licensing and distribution; operations systems; venture capital investments)

The WiST Student Summer Fellowship Application Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in the WiST Student Summer Fellowship! Please carefully review these guidelines.


This Fellowship grant of $5,000 is open to all enrolled female and transgender female full-time undergraduate and graduate students at an accredited university located in the United States. Students must be in good academic standing.

Fellowship project is to be at a sports technology business or startup company of your own choosing. Upon request, WiST does provide a list of previously identified businesses who applicants may contact with regard to a potential WiST Fellowship project.

Application materials to be submitted are here below. All materials are submitted online – click Apply Now below. 

– Project Proposal

– Letter of Support

– Budget

– Biography

– Resume

Applicants with questions are encouraged to contact WiST for feedback and guidance throughout the open application period at

Our goal is to assist future business leaders and entrepreneurs in the sport tech industry. We want you to succeed!


Application Release: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 7:00 a.m. PST

Application Period Closes: Friday, March 30, 2018 12:00 p.m. PST

Finalists Notified: Friday, April 13, 2018

Award Winner(s) Announced: Friday, April 20, 2018  

Finalists will have a virtual interview with the WIST co-founders and a phone interview with a minimum of two board of director members.


Deadline for applications: Friday, March 30, 2018 12:00 p.m. PST

Applicants with questions are encouraged to contact WiST for feedback and guidance throughout the open application period at

Fellowship Project Proposal

Fellows should design an internship experience of no less than 65 days full-time in their internship. A fellowship proposal (1,200 word limit) should address the following:

– A detailed description of your sport tech project that explains what, where, when, how long, with whom, and why. Include any relevant background information that will help the selection committee understand your project.

– A description of relevant experience that has prepared you for the project you are proposing (i.e., skills, research or work experience, etc.)

– The goals you have set for yourself and how you plan to accomplish them

– How you plan to use the knowledge, relationships, and skills you gain during your fellowship experience in the future

All applicants need to identify a full-time faculty advisor or experienced business professional for the fellowship. This person should review your proposal and advise you on proposal content, logistics, and/or questions you should ask with your project.

Letter of Support

Since you will be working with a startup or other business organization, you are required to submit a letter of support from someone you will work with in the organization. This letter is to be uploaded with your other application materials. Applicants should contact potential organizations or individuals as early as possible and at least two weeks prior to the closing of the application period. We also strongly recommend that you share your Fellowship Project Proposal and resume with these organizations or individuals.

Budget Proposal

Using an Excel spreadsheet, provide specific details regarding all expenses connected with your proposed fellowship experience. Wherever possible, these should be actual, rather than estimated expenses. Include both the sources and calculations of the individual line items in your budget. Include program costs (if applicable), transportation, meals, and housing. The stipend is $5,000, so any budgeted cost above that amount will not be funded by the fellowship.


Provide a short biographical statement (200-350 words maximum) about yourself,  interests, and the general project you would like to pursue during this Fellowship.


Include a current personal resume (maximum of two pages). List work experience, LinkedIn address, campus and community activities, honors and awards received in college, and the contact information for two references (faculty, non-profit or business professionals) who have reviewed your project proposal.

Ready to kick start your career in sports tech?